Montreal is an ideal destination to visit in September thanks to its beautiful late-summer weather and wide array of activities, from free outdoor concerts to impressive art exhibits. Plus, during shoulder season, there are less crowds and tourists, meaning you'll have the city to yourself.
A time for apple picking and long strolls in the park, September is an ideal month to explore Montreal as the fall foliage comes in. Take in Montreal's terrace culture, enjoy the last tam tams of summer, indulge in the best brunch in the city and relish September for every minute of joie de vivre that it's worth.
September is a fantastic month to be in Montreal. Montreal's legendary summer heat and humidity generally tapers off by Labor Day, although the region is known to enjoy its fair share of mild, sunny Indian summers. For the most part, the temperature in September is comfortable, hovering around the mid-60s (17ºC). This makes it a great time to put on those walking shoes and trek through the city.
Because September can swing between summer and fall weather, it's best to pack some transitional pieces like a light sweater or jacket, a pair of long pants, and a dress or shorts.
Montreal squeezes September's potential for all its worth by putting on tons of festivals. The annual Les Escales Improbables de Montreal festival explores the "unexpected" side of visual arts and music, offering free installations and performances throughout the first half of the month. The entertainment district's Place des Festivals primes its 235 water jets for weeks of free concerts, events, and artistic manifestations.
Montreal organizes a handful of free events throughout September. Every first Friday of the month come spring, summer and fall, Montreal food trucks gather at Olympic Park between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. Some Montreal museums offer free admission days; check out the Canadian Centre for Architecture on Thursday evenings after 5:30 p.m. or on the first Sunday of every month.
Live Music and Concerts
There's never a bad time to see a live show, but it's especially fun in September when outdoor concerts come to Montreal. Don't miss MEG (Montréal Electronique Groove), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting a large lineup of EDM musicians and DJs between August 30 and September 2, 2018. One of the biggest concerts is POP, an international music festival showcasing more than 450 bands between September 26 and 30, 2018.
Typically considered summer's last hurrah, Labor Day weekend in Montreal is full of vibrant events and activities. Culture vultures should check out the annual Montreal World Film Festival, which shows more than 400 films and documentaries from 80 countries, as well as the World Press Photo expo's 13th edition at Bonsecours Market. The exhibit features the winning works from one of the biggest photo contests in the world, and in 2018, over 4,500 international photographers submitted a total of 73,000 images for the competition.
Note: Many attractions and businesses will be closed on Labor Day, so make sure to double check what's open before you go.
Leaf peeping and apple picking are just a few of the fun autumn activities around Montreal. Apple-picking season officially starts in September, and there are plenty of lovely orchards in the area. Au Paradis des Fruits in Dunham, Verger du Flâneur in Rougemont, Jude Pomme in Oka, and Les Fromages du Verger in St. Joseph du Lac are favorites. As for the fall foliage, visit Mount Royal Park, Montreal Botanical Garden, or Morgan Arboretum in late September when you're more likely to see the colors.